WMC buys land for cancer center parking

Posted: July 3, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Land purchased by Winchester Medical Center from the Frederick County School Board is slated become part of a parking lot for a proposed cancer center.

WMC bought 0.75 acre from the Frederick County Middle School site for $120,000, according to Winchester real estate land transfers.

In June, City Council approved rezoning the small parcel at the rear of 441 Linden Drive from Low-Density Residential to Medical Center District.

Hospital officials said in October that they were proposing a $33.7 million, 47,000-square-foot cancer center.

According to Tom Urtz, director of marketing and public relations for Valley Health, parent company of WMC, no information is available on the size of the planned parking lot.

The acreage purchased by WMC has no structures on it. WMC’s 168-acre campus off Amherst Street backs up to the 23-acre Frederick County Middle School site.

A new Frederick County Middle School is slated to be built on North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522), with the opening scheduled for fall 2016.

The existing middle school has an assessed value of $5.95 million, while the land it sits on has a value of $2.35 million, according to the Winchester Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office.

School officials will not decide the fate of the current school until the new school opens.



— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com